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Pictured is M.B.A. alumna Trupti Tamore, release testing manager for PNC. | Photo submitted by TamoreMeet Trupti Tamore

Job title: Release Testing Manager
Employer: Kforce consulting with PNC Financial Services
Degree earned: M.B.A. with a concentration in Management Information Systems, 2014
Hometown: Mumbai, India
High school: Government College of Engineering in Nagpur, India
Now living in: Pittsburgh, Pa.
Hobbies/interests: Cooking and reading
LinkedIn: Trupti Tamore

Why did you decide to concentrate your M.B.A. degree in management information systems?

My aspiration was to gear my career profile towards management while integrating it with a concentration on software analysis and testing. An M.B.A. degree concentrating in management information systems was perfectly suited to build a foundation for this.

What factors made you choose Point Park University?

I work at PNC on Stanwix Street in Downtown Pittsburgh, which is merely a block away from Point Park's campus so convenience was a key factor. Financials also played a role in my decision making. My friend was an M.B.A. student at Point Park University and highly recommended the courses that were offered.

Tell us about the work you do as a release testing manager for PNC.

As a consultant for PNC, I am responsible for release testing management for the organization's health care IT projects. This requires a combination of technical, analytical and management skills. I manage a team who is geographically dispersed.

Our key responsibilities include understanding client product requirements, analyzing software development processes, preparing test strategies and test planning so that we can deliver quality products.

What are your favorite memories from grad school at Point Park?

I enjoyed the projects, presentations and group discussions in my various grad classes at Point Park.

What are your career goals?

My career goals are to master my managerial skills and become a group manager within the next 10 years.

Final thoughts?

I started the M.B.A. program and had to stop in the middle of my first semester since I was pregnant with my first child. It was a tough decision, but family had to take precedence over school and career. After one year, when my baby was just a few months old, I went back to school. Balancing home, family, work and school was very difficult. However, it was possible because of the kind support from my loving family, colleagues, professors and my "never give up spirit!"

The journey was rewarding. I saw my family grow, earned promotions at work and had a graduate degree in hand with a second baby on the way. My M.B.A. is more than just a degree. It has given me the confidence to know that I can do anything and will never stop working hard.

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